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    Spiral of Provocations Surrounding Korean Crisis Must Be Stopped - Lavrov

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had informed his US counterpart Tillerson that Pyongyang is willing to open a dialogue with the US over the country's security guarantees.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — Following the talks with US State Secretary Rex Tillerson in Vienna, Lavrov urged to stop "the spiral of confrontations, gambles, provocations" around North Korea's nuclear program, adding that Russia was ready to mediate negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington.

    "We have explained how we see the feasibility of the Russian-Chinese road map on de-escalation of tensions and the creation of conditions that will enable the start of the negotiations in any format, that the parties concerned would accept. We know that North Korea is first of all interested in a dialogue on security assurances with the United States. We are ready to support that, ready to promote such negotiations," according to the Russian minister.

    Lavrov noted that "our American colleagues, Rex Tillerson, have heard this."

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula run high after the recent Pyongyang's missile launch, the most powerful so far. The missile test was universally condemned as another dangerous provocation.

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    The US urged the international community to increase the sanction's pressure on North Korea and cut off commercial, diplomatic, military and any other ties with Pyongyang.

    Meanwhile, Russia called for the world's powers to refrain from further escalating tensions. In particular, Moscow suggested that that the US and South Korea cease conducting military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, whereas North Korea, in turn, stops the nuclear and missile tests.

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